Femtastic Friday: Roe v. Wade and Women of the Civil Rights Movement

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Happy Friday! This week we commemorated a landmark event in femtastic history:

Yesterday marked the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court legislation Roe v. Wade. On January 22, 1973, Roe v. Wade ruled a state law banning abortion unconstitutional, making a woman’s choice to have an abortion a fundamental right. Read more about the decision and its impact on women’s reproductive rights.

In Roe v. Wade related news: House Republicans revealed internal divisions yesterday when they decided not to vote on a bill that would ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. Republican congresswomen, Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN), withdrew their support of the bill prompting other congress members to reconsider. Here’s the full story.

Instead, the House passed a bill that prohibits the use of federal funding for abortion. The White House says that President Obama plans on vetoing the bill.

We hope you enjoyed the short week in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.the Civil Rights Movement, and ongoing struggles for racial justice. There were many people who worked tirelessly alongside Dr. King who aren’t often recognized. Read about some of the amazing women of the Civil Rights Movement including

  • Dorothy Height– Obama called her the “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement” for all of her organizing and activism.
  • Ella Baker– Baker was a dedicated grassroots organizer who helped found and advise the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
  • Daisy Bates Bates was a mentor, supporter, and advocate for the nine students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

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[Image: Photographs of Daisy Bates, Dorothy Height, and Ella Baker with quote from Dorothy Height saying We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system. But also for and with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.”]

Have a wonderful weekend!

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